Friends, family of hit-and-run victim remember her as 'smart, beautiful'

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - They gathered Friday by candlelight to remember a young woman killed in an east side hit-and-run crash.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for the driver that hit 22-year-old Immanuela Faith Irving and left the scene.

The vigil for Irving took place at the spot where she lost her life just over a week ago.

"Tonight, we're gathering to celebrate Faith's life," a family friend said to the group. "To not be sad, because we all know she's a happy person, so we want to celebrate and be thankful we got an opportunity to know her and love her."

Police say the Irving died January 21 at 34th and Dequincy after first being hit by an IndyGo Bus and then a Green Jeep Liberty. The Jeep left the scene.

Investigators believe Irving may have been walking in a traffic lane to avoid a snow-covered sidewalk.

Candles lit up that very sidewalk Friday, much of it still covered with snow.

They remembered Irving as a woman who had much to give. At the center of their message was not just the Faith who is no longer with them, but their own faith in God.

"I just want to thank God for the life that he gave her. It was a short life, but a life well lived," said Pauline Irving, the woman's grandmother.

The speaker continued to address the gathering.

"We just thank God for the time Faith was allowed to spend with us and the love that she gave out. You can look around and see it was just spread around and we give thanks for that. We all know how smart she was, like really smart, and I always admired her for that. She wasn't just beautiful, she was really smart too."

"I'm gonna miss her, but I have very fond memories of her that I'm always going to keep alive just knowing that she's gonna be with me, my angel," said Hillary, Irving's mother.

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